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not impossible to live with, but this car better be priced right. Damn, they are blanking everything.

even my old ///M3 had fold down seats!
 

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in a sense, i guess i am.

but, what i am really saying is this car better be either cheap or a hell of a performer, because it certainly has no creature comforts.

how much would it take to at least allow the pass through. I know, they'll say it is to save 2 lbs, right?

I would like to be able to carry a snowboard without needing to put a rack on the car.
 

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If you're really saying things like that, I don't know that you truly understand the car. The STi has always been a no frills street legal rally car. No leather, no sunroof....heck, no radio this time around!

This means you get as much performance as you'd get in cars that cost maybe twice as much. You're right, it wouldn't take much to add a pass through. But STi cares about performance and little else.

As for the snowboard.....the wing would make a perfect place to tie that sucker to!
 

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the STi is a car that will be filled with compromises, all but the performance department, and its a car you shouldnt buy if you care about other things that balls out performance
 

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glad i could do my part to promote a healthy debate.

i like that. I also dig the idea of using the wing to carry snowboards! time to bust with photoshop and see how rediculous this might look.

i am definitely interested in the car, and I appreciate no holds barred performance. But, in the end, we all have our own opinion on what sorts of compromises our ideal car should represent.

My perspective is this. I have a WRX and it is a bit too tame, especially compared to my 95 ///M3 that I traded in to get it. I have a deposit on the STi, and think I am going to get it, and live with the "blanks" (pass through included). But, I wish it had a few creature comforts. I can live without a sunroof. But, let's face it, sometimes we need to swing by Home Depot on the way back from the autocross session.

maximum performance or otherwise, it fear it is a "tokenism" to feel like we need to give up absolutely everything to get a car that will beat the Evo, etc. You know, like they are making the car all too spartan to impress us and our friends with just how "all business" this thing is.

I mean, I appreciate that many folks here will proudly think that they are driving a real rally car when they get their shiny new STi, but that is far from the case. It is the closest thing we can get, but still not the real thing.

So, it better have a damn cup holder. ;-)
 

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pass through was a concern I had... many creature comforts are easier to add... stereo (most will add a aftermarket ne way) if this car is going to be a primary car things like that tend to be important... it all comes down to priorities!
 

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If you put it that way...it really can't be that hard to remove the seat back!

*grabs piece of paper.....writes down project #2...right after stereo install*
 

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Anyone with Blue/Silver pics???

not too hard, i think, but takes a wrench to undo some 10mm hex-head bolts. pretty sure it is bolted in pretty well, secure for kid's seats, etc.

will check.
 

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Doesn't sound too bad then......

Pass thru......we don't need no stinkin pass thru. We have a gapping hole at our disposal! :wink:
 

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Nod, so then you could fit more boards, although that would be pointless since the people you would be carrying them for wouldn't be able to ride with you anymore.... I guess you could always strap them to that huge-a wing. Or they could just sit on that park bench.
 

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although that would be pointless since the people you would be carrying them for wouldn't be able to ride with you anymore....
With a trunk pass-through you still would be able to have 3 passengers. You could carry 2 snowboards and 4 people. Add a 4-board capacity rack and you can haul people and their boards...and half of them could bring 2!

There's also a cutout or something if you look at the trunk in the STi...it looks like you could add a pass-through relatively easily without having to rip out the entire back seat.
 

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if i get the STi I will definitely ride with roofrack year around, for mountain bikes in summer and snowboards and skis in winter
 
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